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Strauss: 'Not our best Test'

England captain Andrew Strauss admitted England weren't at their best after the npower Test against Sri Lanka ended in a draw.

The skipper declared England's second innings on 335-7 - a 342 run lead - with 58 overs remaining in the day to dismiss the tourists.

After they folded like a house of cards in just 25 overs in Cardiff Sri Lanka needed to bat with more resolve, and without skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan who was nursing a broken thumb.

England took just three of the ten wickets they needed for victory though and the teams shook hands on a hard fought draw with 15 overs remaining to be bowled.

"We thought we had a chance if we took early wickets. It wasn't the best Test match we've ever played but we move on to the Rose Bowl in good spirits hopeful we can make it 2-0 there." Strauss said.

"We didn't start very well with the ball, especially from our own high standards.

"There's stuff to work on but it's always good when guys come back after a tough start."

Alastair Cook earlier scored his 18th Test century, and third at Lord's, but it was another incident which will occupy most of the newspaper back pages.

After Cook (106) and Kevin Pietersen (72) were out England, chasing runs, lost wickets quickly.

First-innings centurion Matt Prior suffered a horrible mix-up with Ian Bell and ended up run out for just three.

Back in the England dressing room the 'keeper broke a window after his bat slipped from a ledge nearby.

"It was one of those unfortunate incidents." Strauss added. "Matt Prior didn't mean to break the window. It was a complete accident but it was a dangerous accident. He apologised and we apologise for it happening."

Man of the match

Despite that broken thumb, Dilshan did pick up the man of the match award - though probably with his left hand. His 193 run knock in the first innings was outstanding:

"I'm really happy, after Cardiff. I'm really enjoying the way I'm batting now." he said.

"I'm not sure if I'll be ok for the next Test. We have a few days. The doctors advise to rest for three to four weeks but we'll see how it goes.

"We batted really well in the first innings, got close to England and I'm really happy with the way the boys batted."


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